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Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894), Novelist and essayist

Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his novels Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). A literary celebrity during his lifetime, his works are still widely read. Rather than enter the family engineering business, Stevenson dedicated himself to becoming a published author. A frequent sufferer of ill health worsened by cold and damp weather, he spent much time travelling to sunnier climes, which inspired much of his writing. In 1888, Stevenson set sail for the Pacific, exploring its islands, before settling in Vailima on the island of Samoa in 1890. Here he integrated with and contributed to the local community and culture.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, published by William J. Hay - NPG x196190

Robert Louis Stevenson

published by William J. Hay
postcard print, 1900s?
NPG x196190

'Trail Leading to Mountain Tomb of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mount Vaea, Samoa', published by Keystone View Company - NPG x199108

'Trail Leading to Mountain Tomb of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mount Vaea, Samoa'

published by Keystone View Company
gelatin silver printing-out paper stereoscopic card, published circa 1930
NPG x199108

Unknown man, formerly thought to be Robert Louis Stevenson, by Unknown artist - NPG D42651

Unknown man, formerly thought to be Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown artist
photogravure printing block, late 19th century
NPG D42651

Called Robert Louis Stevenson, by Mortimer Luddington Menpes - NPG D6868

Called Robert Louis Stevenson

by Mortimer Luddington Menpes
etching, 1879
NPG D6868

Robert Louis Stevenson, after Augustus Saint-Gaudens - NPG D42134

Robert Louis Stevenson

after Augustus Saint-Gaudens
photograph, 1929 or before (1887)
NPG D42134

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sprague & Co, after  William Strang - NPG D9957

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Sprague & Co, after William Strang
ink-photo, published 26 January 1887
NPG D9957

Robert Louis Stevenson, after Joseph Simpson - NPG D9956

Robert Louis Stevenson

after Joseph Simpson
lithograph after a woodcut, 1902
NPG D9956

Getting outside a Guinness with R.L.S., published by Illustrated London News, after  Raymond Teague Cowern - NPG D45912

Getting outside a Guinness with R.L.S.

published by Illustrated London News, after Raymond Teague Cowern
colour relief halftone, published 20 August 1955
NPG D45912

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Robert Louis Stevenson

by Albert George Dew-Smith
platinum print
NPG x1345


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